Valero Texas Open. Grayson Murray 1st Round Leader.

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Grayson Murray, USA, is the first round leader af the Valero Texas Open at  the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

In the opening round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Grayson Murray leads by one shot over Chesson Hadley and Billy Horschel who both carded a 4-under 68.

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Grayson carded a -5 under par 67 to lead the Valero Texas Open by one shot at the end of the first round, after missing the cut last week;

“Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off.”

“I was hitting each club ten yards shorter than I normally do, and you can’t play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short.”

“I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing.”

“Then I can start going at it.”

Five players share second spot at -4 under after opening rounds of 68, Chesson HadleyKeegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins, all USA.

Billy and Ryan were bogey free today, where only 34 players in the 156 man field managed to break par.

Billy was happy with his round;

“Struck the ball really well, something that we’ve been working hard on.”

“Could have been better, I didn’t really make anything out there today. But I’m happy with it.”

“I’m a big momentum player. I’ve got to get the train moving forward.”

“I’ve always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner’s circle.”

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Heading For Wire to Wire Win.

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Henrik Stenson of Sweden is heading for a wire to wire win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Florida.

Stenson ahead by 1

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Henrik needed a monster 30 ft birdie putt on the par four 9th hole to sign for a third round -1 under par 71, which kept him on top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I was looking for a little better, but I’m still in the lead.”

“I’ve been up in the mix and let’s hope for a different outcome tomorrow.”

Bryson DeChambeau, USA is in second place, one shot back at -11 under par, after a third round of even par 72. He explained the poor result was due to a bad back;

“It was because my quadratus lumborum wasn’t working. My iliacus, longissimus thoracis, they were all kind of over-working if you want to get technical on that.”

 “But they weren’t working very well, and I overworked them.”

“Pretty much my lower right back was hurting and I rested it. How about that?”

“Unfortunately, just didn’t go my way today, but tomorrow there’s one more day, one back, got a lot of guys behind me that are lurking.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, has third spot on his own, carding a third round -5 under par 67 for -10 under par on the leaderboard;

“I started the day just outside the top ten and wanted to at least give myself a chance going into tomorrow, so it was a great day out there.”

“I can’t really ask for much more. I’ll hopefully be within two or three of the lead, and I can make a run at it.”

Justin Rose, England, -5 under 67  is sharing fourth spot with Ryan Moore, USA, -3 under 69, to both be at -9 under for the competition.

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The Masters. Two Tied at the Top after 54 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Justin Rose, from England, and Sergio Garcia, Spain, have a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin fired the low round of the day, -5 under par 67, to share The Masters lead with Sergio, -2 under 70 today, both at -6 under par for the Major tournament.

Justin explained his low round to reporters, and his desire to win here;

“It all happened for me the last eight holes, I think the patience I showed on the front nine was probably the key to moving well on the back nine.”

“I had my head down. I knew I was creeping up on the leaders and then I had that quick birdie-birdie finish to put me pretty much right up there tied for the lead.”

“It all seemed to happen really fast, setting up a really fun day tomorrow.”

“I’m a Major champion but I’m looking for more and I’m certainly looking for my first Masters and my first Green Jacket.”

“This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here.”

Sergio said he had a good day today;

“It was a good day.”

“I was able to fight hard with what I had, stayed very patient all day and it was nice to shoot a two under that was a good solid score.”

“I need to be extra patient, I need to not lose my head, I need to stay calm and make sure no matter what happens, I need to keep going in the same direction because it feels good to me and I’m sure it looks good too.”

“So no matter what happens I need to stay within myself.”

“We still have one day to go, it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to play hard again and hopefully we will have a good solid chance coming into the last four or five holes.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, holds third place at -5 under par, a -1 under 71 today, not quite what he was looking for.

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 today, Ryan Moore -3 under 69  and Charley Hoffman with an even par 72 third round are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Wins.

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Justin Thomas wins the SBS Tournament of Champions, his second win of the 2016/17 season.

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Justin carded a final round -4 under par 69 to win the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii. His winning total of -22 under par gave him a three shot victory.

Justin worked hard to get his three career wins, watching others get ahead spurned him on;

“I think it drove me a lot. I wasn’t mad, but it was maybe a little frustrating sometimes seeing some friends and peers my age do well.” 

“Not because I wasn’t cheering for them because I feel like I was as good as them.”

“It’s just immature of me. I mean, the fact of the matter is, over the course of a long career, we’re going to beat each other. That’s just how it is.”

“I think now, I feel so much more comfortable. I really do. Maybe the first time in Malaysia when I won, I was maybe kind of like, what am I doing here, but now it’s like, okay, I belong here, I should be here.”

“I still have plenty of other goals that I would like to achieve and stuff that’s over the long-term, the course of the year.”

“I’m going to have to regroup and focus on next week, because next week is a course that I really like and I feel like another good opportunity for me to be in the hunt and have a chance to win.”

“I think that’s where I’m growing a little bit more in that it’s week-to-week. It’s not looking at previous weeks when I’m at a tournament or looking at following events when I’m at a tournament; it’s I am focusing on that week.”

“And once it’s over, take the positives, try to blow over the negatives and go on to the next.”

Claiming second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, at -19 under par for the tournament, -3 under par 70 today was not what he was looking for, his poor putting taking the blame;

“Justin had a little trouble at fifteen and then I was really in it. But my putter let me down there at 16, 17 and 18.”

“I tipped my hat to Justin. He played well all day long. Had a little hiccup there at 15, but I just say congratulations to him. He deserved it.”

Third place was shared between Jordan Spieth, -8 under 65 today, Pat Perez -6 under 67, and Ryan Moore with -2 under 71, all finished with -16 under par totals.

Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Day Three Leader.

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Justin Thomas is the day 3 leader of the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

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Justin shot a third consecutive round of -6 under 67 to have the 54 hole lead in the Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation course, posting -18 under par.

Sunday will be a shoot out between the FedExCup number 1 and 2, with Hideki Matsuyama just two shots back at -16 under par. He carded -7 under par 66 to move into contention, and has been the hottest player on tour lately.

Justin was happy to be paired with Hideki;

“If I’m near Hideki in the tournament, that’s usually, probably a pretty good thing on Sunday.”

“He’s obviously a tremendous player and he’s on an unbelievable run here the last five events.”

The last time the pair met on a Sunday Justin took the honors, Hideki knows he will have to go low to win;

“Justin doesn’t have any weaknesses at all in his game.”

“He hits it long, has a marvelous short game, putts well, hits the ball well.”

“We’ve got to go low tomorrow to be able to catch him.”

Two strokes further back, at -14 under par are Ryan Moore, -2 under 71 today, Jimmy Walker, -3 under 70, and William McGirt who carded -7 under par 66.

William is putting well, needing only 28 putts in the third round;

“I’ve hit it really well this week. Finally made some putts today. I struggled sort of the first couple days with the grain in these greens.”

“I think yesterday, I could have putted better blindfolded. It was ugly up until the very end.”

“It seems like all the greens and grain, once it starts breaking and starts losing speed, that it really goes at that point.”

“You’ve got to really keep the pace up on it.”

“That’s not the way I like to putt. I like to die putts in there, but you kind of have to change your approach this week and kind of bang them in.”

Jimmy Walker has not putted well;

“Just didn’t make the putts I needed to make. Hit it really good. Plenty of looks. Nothing went in. That’s just kind of frustrating, especially the finish.”

“Speed was a little off. Keeps coming up short a little bit. I feel like it may have slowed down a little but that’s just me.”

“I’m hitting the putts the way I feel like I need to hit them. They are just not going in.”

 Also struggling with putting is World number 1 Jason Day, currently T 8 at -11 under par, he carded – 3 under 70 today;

“It’s everything; I’m struggling to really start my ball on the line I’m picking.”

“It’s very difficult to know where I’m aiming and it’s difficult to hole putts.”

 

 

 

 

Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after the second round at Kapalua Plantation course in Hawaii. Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas share the lead by one shot over the field.

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Ryan shot another -6 under par 67 in the second round of the Tournament of Champions to share top honors with Justin at -12 under par;

“If I’m at a golf tournament, I’m here to golf and I’m here to play a golf tournament.”

“Doesn’t mean I can’t go hang out with my son and play on the beach for a few minutes afterward, but I’m not going to do anything to wear myself out and exhaust myself so the next day I’m tired on the golf course.”

“Everything I do, and all the decisions I make, are to play a tournament. But it is easy to let that other side of it happen.” 

Justin also carded a second successive -6 under 67 to share the top spot at -12 under par, and likes the odds on winning;

“I just prepared, actually, this year.”

“I obviously practiced and prepared last year, but I just didn’t as much as I should have.”

“I didn’t take it like a normal event. I mean, this is a great, great opportunity to win a golf tournament.”

“This is your best chance, you would say. Obviously, the winners, they are all great players, but I’ll take my chances over 32 versus 144 every single week.”

“I feel like I’m to the point where I should be contending most of the weeks I play.”

Patrick Reed, and yesterdays leader Jimmy Walker are tied in third place, just one shot back at -11 under par.

Patrick has not been feeling too well, but a -8 under 65, and good putting will soon make you feel better;

“I learned a lot from yesterday. With not feeling well yesterday, I tried to hit some full shots and unfortunately with being under the weather, you just don’t have complete control over your body.”

“So what I made sure I did today is I made sure I didn’t swing harder than 90 percent on anything, and because of that, I had a lot more control and had a feel of where the club was and had a lot more quality looks at putts on the greens.”

“Any time you have shorter putts, you’re going to make some more putts.”

Jimmy carded -3 under 70 today, and had to be patient, not making many putts;

“I stayed patient, nothing really kind of happening, I hit a lot of good shots, just didn’t make many putts. Hit a lot of lips, had a couple of horse shoes, and lip outs.”

“Three under, its great, I’ll take it.”

 

Tournament of Champions. Jimmy Walker Leads the Way

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Jimmy Walker leads the way after the first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation course in Hawaii.

Shorter driver, better results for Walker

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Jimmy shortened his driver shaft to 42 inches, to get control, and it certainly  helped as he carded -8 under par 65 to lead the Tournament of Champions by two shots in Hawaii;

“I just feel like I’ve got more control. I feel like the golf swing is better at that length for me, and that’s where I’ve always struggled, the longer the club got.”

“So that’s the thinking. More fairways is what I’m looking for.”

“Last year I didn’t drive it as well as I would have liked to have.” 

“So I just kind of got to thinking. It was just kind of an experiment. I decided to cut one down and threw some tape on it and liked it.”

“It looks weird and sometimes it feels a little weird on the golf course, but I’ve been playing with it for about three weeks at home.”

“I’ve since had Titleist make me a new one at that length, and I’ve been enjoying hitting it.”

Jim Herman, Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore all share second place, those two shots back at -6 under par, following their opening efforts of 67.

Ryan was  -4 under par through just five holes, without making  birdie. A hole out Eagle on the par four 3rd, was followed by another Eagle on the par five 5th, making a great putt;

“I don’t think I’ve ever been four under through five holes or whatever and not make a birdie.”

“It was nice to hole out on three, and then hit a great shot there into the par five, and was able to knock that putt in. Yeah, nice way to start the year.”

It took Jim a long time to make it onto the PGA Tour, a helping hand from Donald Trump made all the difference;

“He’s the same guy to me, but now I get to call him Mr. President.”

“I’d like to say that I always believed it but it’s a pretty long way from being assistant pro to a tournament winner on the PGA TOUR.”

“Obviously, it’s attainable and I hope everyone that’s out there grinding and trying knows that they can do it; if I did it, anybody can.”

“Did I ever think I would be here at that time, 2005? This is a long way from there, 12 years.”